In the 1950s and 1960s, over 100 aboveground atomic bombs were exploded in the Nevada desert. Miller gives us absolutely arresting accounts of most of them. He describes the goals, the explosion, and the yield, and includes fascinating details, many times from contemporary accounts by news reporters, bomb droppers, and others. Miller saves most of the detail, interestingly given, for descriptions of the paths of the nuclear clouds and the locations and character of the fallout all over the country. He deals extensively with coverups relating to fallout effects on humans and animals. Supplementing his dramatic chronicles are appendixes and maps that summarize the tracks of selected bomb clouds, with listings of the communities affected by each test. This in-depth and readable history of atomic testing in the United States is highly recommended. Daniel LaRossa, Connetquot P.L., Bohemia, N.Y.
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"The greatest virtue of Under The Cloud is that it makes nuclear weapons tests personal events, impossible to forget by those who participated in them and forgotten only with difficulty by those who come to understand that all of us have been unwilling and unwitting participants."-Gerald E. Marsh -- Office of Arms Control and Defense Sciences at Argonne National Laboratory and co-author of Born Secret: The H-Bomb, the Progressive Case and National Security
Richard Miller's account of United States and Soviet efforts to develop the bomb and the history of nuclear testing in the U.S. from the first bomb up to the abolishing of the Atomic Energy Commission in 1974 is outstanding." -- The Christian Science Monitor
Richmond Virginia Times-Dispatch: :"Drawing his material from government files, Miller gives a thorough and formal look at the key events and the little-known side effects of all that was taking place. . The material is enough to make the story as fascinating as it is chilling." -- Robert Merritt, Richmond VA Times-Dispatch
Why then should this book be published at this time? Perhaps it is part of the Soviet-sponsored campaign to stop all nuclear tests, similar to the "ban the bomb" propaganda of the early 1960s." -- Dixie Lee Ray, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very scary book. You can't just read at just one sitting. It makes you realize the whole world was crazy at the time.Published 15 months ago by Micky Robinson
It's a gift. I didn't read it so I can't make a review. It came in the mail promptly and it's what the person wanted.Published 20 months ago by Jim
So says Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes (whose world was destroyed by nuclear bombs). Anyway, to think that we were testing nuclear bombs in the continental US is incredible. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Jerry Wilt
I was excited to get this book because it was hailed by many as such a comprehensive account of the nuclear age. Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by Your mom
As I was looking for more actual technical material regarding our nuclear testing at the DOE testing grounds, this book bored me to death. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by sniper
'Under the Cloud' portrays a fascinating and at times, intense, history of the development, testing and concerns regarding the early development of the nuclear weapons program in... Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by John M. Searing